Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken met Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday and presented him with a memorandum, demanding compensation to farmers in Bawana Assembly constituency whose crops were affected by a hail-storm.
Taking up farmer’s issues in Delhi is an attempt by the party to galvanise the national campaign against the Land Acquisition ordinance and strengthen its position in the city’s rural areas.
The Delhi Congress chief said that recent rain and hailstorms had ruined crops in Bawana constituency’s Bajidpur, Katewara and Kutbagarh areas.
He had previously visited the areas with a team from the Delhi unit.
The Congress demands included “fair compensation” for the farmers whose crops had been destroyed, increase in availability of urea — presently “available only in the black market” — and provision of seeds, fertilisers and insecticides at government-run Kisan Vikas Kendras.
The party also demanded provision of “individual tube-well power connections” at 10 paise per unit, as it is charged in Haryana.
It also demanded compensation of Rs 10,000 per family for landless SC farm hands in Delhi.